The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is an action adventure role playing game that was developed by Stormfront Studios, published by Electronic Arts on October 21, 2002, and was released for the Nintendo GameBoy Advance, GameCube, the Sony Playstation 2, and the Microsoft Xbox.
|Developer: Stormfront Studios
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Release Date: October 21, 2002
Platforms: PS2, GameCube, Xbox, GBA
JustRPG Score: 88%
+Great for fans of the movie.
+Easy to learn controls.
+Good story line.
-Appeal may be limited to fans of the movies.
-Little replay value.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Overview
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is an action adventure RPG that puts the player in the role of their favorite characters from the Lord of the Rings movies and books. The combat system is very fun to play and easy to learn, and the story is well written and closely follows the books and movies. Overall the game is very solid for a movie based game and is worth playing, especially if you are a fan of the franchise.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review
|I don’t know about all of you guys, but I think The Fellowship of the Ring was one of the best movies ever made. In anticipation for the next film, I sit back and watch the previews of The Two Towers movie and can only hope that it’s as good as EA’s recently released game!|
Well, I assume everybody knows the story already, so there’s no real need to go into detail with that. This game combines the first two chapters of the series into one super fun game. Just like the movies (and books) the story and characters are simply great! A lot of the story is relayed through clips straight from the movie, which really make you feel like you’re taking part in some of the movie’s epic battles. My only complaint about the story is that it jumps around a lot, and the result is the story doesn’t come together particularly well. You get pretty good descriptions of what’s going on as you play, and you’re allowed to skip through some of the slower parts to the series, but you never really find out what happens in between stages. In the end, if you haven’t read the books or seen the movie (then you should do both) the story isn’t going to make a lot of sense. But, this is still an action game at it’s best, and the best movie-based game I’ve ever played.
|You can play the game as Aragorn, Gimli, or Legolas, each with their own weapons and special moves. Multiple other characters make appearances in the game, and there are times when you’ll be accompanied by Gandalf, Frodo or Boromir. These NPCs don’t often do much, but they’ll probably distract some orcs for you. You’ll fight villains like orcs, cave trolls and even the Ring Wraiths (and boy, do they look cool).|
Each of your characters can perform several basic moves, such as a block, a fierce attack (which will break through shields), a fast attack (which is weaker), a kick (which knocks enemies back), or a step back (which helps you dodge). The Two Towers borrowed a lot of RPG elements, and it has an upgrade system a lot like the Bouncer. Fortunately, this game is in EVERY way better than the Bouncer. While in combat you receive grades for your performance. These grades are determined by variations in attack patterns and use of combos. The better the grades you get the more style points you get, which, at the end of a stage, can be exchanged for new skills. These skills include new moves, increased strength and stronger weapons. After you beat up enough orcs you can level your character up, which unlocks a new set of skills for that level (although each character can only go up to level 10). Your health, level and number of arrows are indicated on the screen, along with the health of any boss you may be fighting, or anything that you need to protect.
|Although this is a hack and slash game, it’s by no means stupid…or easy. The added RPG elements keep the game interesting, and the massive battles with hordes of characters are very fun. It can get a little bit repetitive after a while as you hack and slash away, but none of the mission are too long so you’ll soon get a chance to do something else. The quick stages create some problems though, and overall the game is pretty short. After a stage is beat there is a linear map that you can follow to move on. Unfortunately, there are only 12 stages in the game, and you should easily be able to play through in less than 10 hours. Still, you’ve got three characters you can choose to play if you feel like going back through. There are also hidden stages and a hidden character. The game could REALLY have used a co-op mode of some sort though. The characters were already fighting alongside you, why not let a buddy control them?|
The graphics are great in nearly every way. The background environments are beautiful and really set the mood of the story, and the characters move fluidly in combat and are exceptionally detailed. The movie clips are crisp and clear, and when they end they merge in with the gameplay. This is beautifully done and looks much better than simply changing back and forth. Unfortunately the areas were often very closed off, so one is unable to fully appreciate the amazing detail of the game. The battles always feature huge amounts of combatants, but are often set in tiny little areas. Despite the tiny combat area there are some camera problems. Simply backing away from an oncoming cave troll can cause you to fully lose sight of the beast. It becomes difficult to tell where the masses of bad guys are, and hitting them with your arrows can be difficult. But, the fast pace of the game and the overall exceptional graphics will probably cause you to overlook the minor annoyances.
|The soundtrack is taken straight from the Lord of the Rings movie and sounds excellent. Each track perfectly fits the events of the game! There’s also a large amount of voice acting in the game, which is also done very well. Some sounds are taken straight from the movie, while others are original to the game…but all of them sound superb (well, okay…maybe not Lurtz). My personal favorites were the Ring Wraiths. The short fight with them featured some bone chilling voices, but every fight in the game featured great sound effects.|
|This is an excellent game that fully captures the greatness of the new Lord of the Ringsmovies. If you’re an action fan then this is a must play for you. And, if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan then you’ll likely fall in love with this game. The Two Towers is definitely worth purchasing, but because of its short length you may want to rent it for a few days and beat it that way. Either way, this is a game you should check out!|
|Final Grade: 88%|
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